This fall, The Mill is hosting its first paid conference, the Flyover Podcast Festival. It will also be Indiana’s first podcast conference and one of only a handful in the Midwest.
The Flyover Podcast Festival will take place at The Mill on Friday, October 11 and will feature two tracks: 1) podcast production and 2) the business of podcasting. The tracks reach two key audiences: people interested in starting a podcast, and podcasters looking to market and grow their shows.
Our first announced speaker is New York Times best-selling author and podcaster Jay Baer. This Bloomington resident will open the conference with a keynote speech. The conference was born from two things:
The first is our podcast studio at The Mill. Thanks to the help of Jeremy Goodrich at Shine Insurance, seven podcasts are produced here since we opened our doors just 10 months ago. A longtime podcaster, Jeremy selected our equipment, performs all the training and helped nurture our members’ ideas into reality.
Our lineup includes everything from Dmitri Vietze’s Music Tectonics, which has launched a complementary conference in Los Angeles, to Flashback to Never, hosted by David Allen and Brian Johnson. It’s alternate history, so think “Man in the High Castle” but audio only and much more positive. We also have a podcast from a mindfulness coach for Google and Facebook and another from an executive at a billion-dollar company.
The second is The Mill’s vision to become the center of coworking and entrepreneurship in Indiana. Podcasting is something we’ve shown some success in and when you find something that’s working, double down on it. With this new form of entrepreneurship, a conference helps progress us toward our vision.
As of this writing, we have confirmed Share Your Genius as our Spotlight Sponsor. They help B2B brands develop meaningful connections, create stories worth selling and build communities through podcasting. We’ve also confirmed 13 of our 15 speakers. Leading up to the conference, we’ll announce a new one every one to three days. And because the conference is the day before Indiana University’s Homecoming, we’re able to work with the IU Alumni Association to find a recognizable name to be interviewed on a live podcast recording during the conference.
The conference will also be a great opportunity to showcase Bloomington. From The Mill’s top-to-bottom renovation of a historic, century-old furniture factory to Food Truck Friday right outside our doors at the intersection of Maker Way and Madison Street to the Homecoming parade right after the conference, there’s plenty to show off.
If you currently produce a podcast or have ever thought about making one, this is a great opportunity. Tickets are $99, and they’re currently 50% off for our early bird special. And there’s another discount exclusively for members of The Mill. So if you’ve been considering joining, now is a great time. Ask one of the staff for the promo code. Learn more at http://flyoverpodcastfestival.com/.